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SOME SIG: International Collaborative (IC)

Join your colleagues who have a commitment to providing international learning experiences for students.

This collaborative has an online community where you can share items of interest (e.g. templates, learning objectives and discuss issues regarding education in international settings.

About the International Collaborative SIG

AACOM's International Collaborative facilitates and provides structure for educational efforts occurring at colleges of osteopathic medicine around global health and international rotations. There is a lot of excitement about global health, and there is a lot of activity at our schools to establish sites for our students to study and be exposed to health care in international settings.

The Collaborative is a group of people connected to the practice of osteopathic medicine and our colleges who have an interest in promoting, practicing and being involved with international health from an educational perspective and beyond.

This collaborative always meets at the AACOM Annual Meeting.

IC Steering Committee


  • Jan M. Willcox, DO
    Vice Dean


  • Yogesh Shah, MD
    Associate Dean, Global Health


  • James T. Howell, MD, MPH
    Assistant Dean of Professional Services
    Chair, Department of Rural Medicine
    Chair, International Outreach Committee

AOA Representative, BIOM - Secretary, and OIA Representative

  • Amy Byerwalter
    Associate Vice President of International Affairs
    American Osteopathic Association

AACOM Liaison

  • Mark R. Speicher, PhD, MHA
    Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Research

Student Member

  • Elissa Ballas, OMS-III
    COSGP Global Health Representative


  • James Cole, DO, FAODME
    Senior Consultant, Office of University Relations
    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
  • Terrence M. Mulligan, DO, MPH, FACOEP, FNVSHA, FACEP, FAAEM, FIFEM
    Assistant Professor and Faculty
    Director, International Emergency Medicine Program
    University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Eiman A. Mahmoud, MD, MPH
    Professor, Basic Science Department and Director of Global Health Program
  • Raul J. Garcia-Rodriguez, DO, FACOEP
    Emergency Medicine Attending
    Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center
  • Edward Gotfried, DO, FACOS
    Director of the Center for Global Health and Associate Professor
  • Elaine M. Wallace, DO, MS
    Executive Associate Dean
  • Rafi Younoszai, PhD
    Director-Center for Global and Community Health (CGCH)
    Western U/COMP

IC Online Community

To join the International Collaborative Community, email Mark Speicher, Phd, with contact information and a brief explanation of why you would like to participate.